Health & Wellness

Edison Middle Schools Take First and Second in Health Bee

Credits: Sarita Ragade
Credits: Sarita Ragade
Credits: UnitedHealthcare
Credits: Sarita Ragade
Credits: UnitedHealthcare
Credits: UnitedHealthcare

EDISON, NJ - The UnitedHealthcare Health Bee, just completed its third year of its Jeopardy-style quiz competition designed to get middle school students excited about health, fitness and nutrition.

The quiz had a plethora of questions, ranging from science, to food and nutrition, and exercise and physical activity. The master of ceremony was very interactive with the participants, and made the Jeopardy-style quiz fun and entertaining. 

It was a close match between Herbert Hoover and John Adams Middle Schools but in the end Herbert Hoover triumphed with 110 points to John Adams 95.

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“It was a nail biting finish for HHMS with 110 points while JAMS finished at 2nd place with 95,” Sarita Ragade said.

Herbert Hoover Middle School won first place and a $1,000 grant to support healthy programs for pre-teen students in the 2015 UnitedHealthcare Health Bee and the team consisted of 7th graders, Brennan Alviar, Anjuna Chakraverty, Shayla Edwards, Humber Gorospe, and Siya Ragade.

The Herbert Hoover Middlesex school nurse, Carol Martinez, guided them through the preparation, for the health bee over the past few weeks.

John Adams Middle School went on to win second place in the competition and a $500 grant from UnitedHealthcare to support healthy programs that combat childhood obesity and the team consisted of 7th graders, Aryan Borole, Vibha Jadhav, Yeshaswi Pulijala, and Rohan Shah.

South Amboy Middle School took home the Spirit Award and a $250 grant to support healthy programs at their school and the team consisted of 7th graders, Sarah Krapik, Philip Joks, Emma Schaefer, Nashari Payano.

“Studies have shown that seventh grade is a critical time in pre-teens’ development when they start to form attitudes about health, nutrition and self-esteem that will last them into adulthood,” said Michael McGuire, chief executive officer, UnitedHealthcare of New Jersey.

The UnitedHealthcare Health Bee aims to get students excited about health and fitness with a fun competition that quizzes them on their knowledge about nutrition, physical fitness and general health and science

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